All roads led to Rathkeale, County Limerick last Sunday where Tipperary sent four teams to take part in the Munster Darts Championships.
We sent two men and two ladies teams and all can hold their heads high after throwing some great darts all day.
Our ladies were unlucky when both teams were drawn in the same group in the round robin stages ,both teams put in good performances but were unlucky not to progress to the later stages of the tournament.
A big thanks goes to all the players and to Ger Coonan the manager for the effort which they have put in since the start of the year and it is noticeable your performances are improving all the time.
Our men’s B team were in a very strong group which included Limerick A, Cork A and Kerry and although they tried hard and played well with a weakened squad they could not make it out of their group, but the experience should stand to them in the future.
The A team were in a group which had Limerick B, Cork B and Clare. After some great game Tipperary and Clare finished top of the group and progressed to the semi-finals, where Clare beat Kerry and Tipperary defeated Limerick A.
Hopes were high going into the final as Tipperary beat Clare in the group stages 10-2. Things did not start well for us as Clare ran into a 2 nil lead and then led 3-1 before things started to get going for the Premier county.
Even with the improvement in our throwing Clare ran into a 6-2 lead, but now Tipperary hit a purple patch and won the next four games to leave the score at six all.
Mick O’Connell stepped up for the Premier, this game went all the way to the last leg where Mick was on 120 when Clare hit a 140 to leave a score of 60, Mick was unlucky not to finish and Clare finished to become Munster Champions.
Hard luck to the Tipperary boys, you can hold your heads high after another great performance and you are not too far away from landing a major title.
Well done to Martin Sheehan, manager, you also deserve to be involved with a winning team for all the hours you put into Tipperary darts at adult and youths level.
Dates to remember:
This Sunday the Tipperary Cup takes place in Cahir House Hotel, first darts are away at 12.30 sharp.
Next trials for the Youths are on January 20 in Barrons of New Inn, darts away at three sharp.